It’s not bad enough that Coca-Cola produces some of the most health-damaging beverages available for consumption – now it has ignored scientific evidence and a quarter of its own shareholders’ wishes to keep bisphenol A (BPA) in its cans.
Ample research proves the toxic effects of BPA on both fertility and human development. BPA is a known hormone-disruptor. The science that Coca-Cola executives choose to ignore has already led to bans on BPA in many baby products in Canada and the European Union. There are even efforts to ban BPA use in tin cans in some American states and the U.S. government’s national toxicology program has expressed its concerns about the effect of current BPA exposure on the brains, behavior and prostate glands for foetuses, infants and children.
It is not surprising that a corporation puts financial self-interest ahead of consumer health but a substantial number of shareholders – usually enough to influence business decision-making in public companies – had the integrity to demand it. They were ignored but as a consumer, you can speak with your purchases. Let Coca-Cola know how you feel about toxic chemicals like BPA in beverages.
Adapted with permission from World’s Healthiest News by Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD.